Saturday, January 19, 2013
Nation's Capital features prominently in three Best Picture nominees.
Three Academy Award nominees for Best Picture prominently feature Washington, DC: Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and, of course, Lincoln. While serving as a location for major films is nothing new to Washington, DC, I can't think of another year in which so many DC-centric movies have been nominated. The Washington Post described each movie as "an engrossing, superbly crafted story that plunges viewers into otherwise opaque and unknowable worlds made distant by time, secrecy or both" and believe film attendees will be pleased that the films "enthusiastically celebrate institutions more often mired in dysfunction and public malodor." Argo, the Ben Affleck-directed tale of a CIA mission to rescue Americans caught up in the 1979 Iranian hostage …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Don't miss this annual showcase of short films at various arts locations in Washington, DC.
Most movie-goers are accustomed to spending at least an hour and a half in theaters. And then there are the movies like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, whose shortest installment clocks in at 178 minutes. Instead of watching one long movie, try watching a bunch of short ones together at the DC Shorts Film Festival, Sept.6 to Sept. 16. Choose from 16 showcases or wait until the end and watch the "Best Of DC Shorts" showcases after audience members have voted on their favorite films. Anyone interested in listening to the bare bones of a film that hasn't yet been made can get tickets to the screenplay competition on September 14. Judges have selected six scripts: actors will read them aloud, and the audience will choose the best one. Films …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Find out what's playing and when this weekend at theaters near you.
Temperatures are soaring above 100 this weekend. Thousands around the region are without power following overnight storms, and many may not have power back for days. Why not use someone else's air conditioning while yours is out? Or give your AC unit a rest for three hours. Enter your zip code in the Moviefone widget with this post, and find a movie near home. TELL US: Did you catch a good flick? Give others a review. Or—let us know what you're doing to beat the heat this weekend. Leave a comment.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It's so fun to go to the movies with my kids. Right up until it isn't.
There are times, as parents, when we must jump on metaphorical grenades for our children. Last weekend, that grenade for my family was going to see Chipwrecked, the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. I guarantee you that I will not make a bigger parenting sacrifice this winter. My husband and I were prepared to roll our eyes at Chipwrecked, but I don't think either of us were prepared for how truly offensively bad it was going to be. As I sat there in the packed theater, I got angrier and angrier at the movie's mere existence. Honestly, I am personally offended that David Cross spent the entire movie in a pelican suit and managed to still not be funny. I didn't know that was possible. I hate to admit it, but I also lost a little bit of …